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2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying: India go down tamely to Oman in Muscat

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:52 IST

India continued its losing streak in the 2nd round of FIFA World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, 13 October, with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Oman in Muscat. The home team scored all the goals in the second half, as India went down without putting up a fight.

Oman started as the better side in the first half, and dominated the Indian team throughout the 45 minutes. However, the hosts failed to capitalise from a plethora of chances, as the teams headed to the half-time breather with the scores still goalless.

Normal service resumed in the second half as Oman came out all guns blazing at India. The home side's relentless attacking finally bore fruits in the 55th minute as Ahmed Kano Mahaijri poked in from close range to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Eight minutes later, some shambolic defending from India put Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali through on goal, and the latter made no mistake in doubling Oman's lead as he rolled the ball past Indian custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

Oman continued to dominate their opponents for the rest of the game, and added a third goal in the 85th minute, courtesy of Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali, who headed in a cross from the right flank. The Blue Tigers managed to hold on for the remaining minutes, as the game ended 3-0 in Oman's favour.

India will next play Guam at home on 12 November in their sixth match of the round.

First published: 13 October 2015, 9:58 IST